Pen and Ink...and maybe some paint

Monday, December 31, 2012

Renovation complete!

It took a few hours of photocopying, cutting and pasting, but it's finished. I didn't worry about the pictures being "to scale". I just looked for colorful illustrations that fit the room. For instance, kitchen scenes for the kitchen, and animals sitting in living room chairs for the living room.  Audrey loves it, and that's what counts, right? ;)

Bert and Ernie think it's pretty cool!
So does Snuffleuppagus!
Since I covered the windows with the illustrations, I added other pictures you could see from the outside as if you're looking in.
For my next project, and this is a long-term one, I'm making a photo album for each of my kids.
I'm thinking of these as "starter" albums that the kids can add their photos to. I'm going to include pictures of ancient ancestors along with some biographical info, pictures of Bob and myself from childhood through the present, and a carefully chosen selection of photos from the kids' lives. I can't afford to print every photo ever taken, and wouldn't want to if I could. I just want to include some of the best photos taken in each phase of their lives and they can add their own recent photos. I also want to include some of the boys' writings, some things written by their grandmothers and some philosophizing of my own. This is my chance to pass on some of my thoughts I'd like them to remember throughout their lives. This will take a while, but hopefully they'll be ready for birthdays coming up this spring and summer.
That's it for now! Shalom! :)

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

WOYW this W? A little renovation work...

About 15 years ago my daughter played with this Sesame Street "doll-house". It has some little furniture pieces and some SS figurines of Bert, Ernie, Big Bird, and Snuffleupagus. It was stored in an old shed when she outgrew it and it got pretty filthy over the intervening years.

I've been scrubbing on it and it's fairly clean, but the inner walls, which were made of thin cardboard decorated with illustrations, had to be torn out.

I'm planning to use the old cardboard pieces as templates to cut out some new pieces from cereal boxes, which are about the right thickness. Then I'm going to find pictures from children's books, photocopy them and glue them onto the cardboard. It's challenging to find pictures that really work for this, but that's part of the fun! When I'm finished it will be ready for grand-girls, Audrey and Hazel to play with. :)

So that's what's on my workdesk! (Or, rather, strewn all over the place!) To see more desks around the world go to Julia's Stamping Ground!